Wildfires that raged in Los Angeles County, California, have forced more than 500 homes to evacuate since Saturday night and are still struggling to contain them on Sunday.
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The Los Angeles County Fire Department said on Twitter early Sunday afternoon that the fire, dubbed the “Palisades Fire,” had destroyed approximately 338 hectares of land in the Topanga Canyon area.
“The helicopters that reach the width of the water and the personnel on the ground continue to fight over the steep and rugged terrain,” he added in the post.
Several plumes of smoke can be seen over Los Angeles, where an evacuation order issued on Saturday evening remains in effect.
The weather remained cold and wet throughout the night, leading to a much quieter fire. “As the temperature rises today, conditions must change, as the vegetation in this area is very dry and has not burned for more than 50 years,” the fire department said in a statement on Sunday.
And firefighters considered the cause of the fire a “suspicious exit,” adding that the investigation is still open and in progress.
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